This is a HUGE hot button issue with me and should be discussed much more often. I’ve been in the sex industry since 1998, I know, I know I’m telling on myself. 2018 will mark two solid decades in this business. That is not only unheard of but so unusual that it’s almost an unbelievable amount of time. I’ve worked as a stripper, an escort, a legal prostitute/brothel worker, and in the porn side of things. I’ve seen a lot in my two decades, here are some thoughts on this subject.
As one who has worked both sides of the escort coin, legally with permits from a sheriff’s office in Parahump, NV and as a not so legal sex worker all across the US, I have some perspective. In one county in Nevada, Prostitution is completely legal, the only illegal act is anal sex. Everything else is a go. There is a process, one you have to find a brothel that will suit your style of service and get accepted there, they don’t let just anyone in the doors. Next you get on a plane, fly in on the day they designate, get picked up and driven to your brothel, your things are all gone through extensively, you are assigned a room, and then the medical and paperwork part start, that takes a day, you are tested for everything but herpes and then have to wait for your med results before getting a ride into the police station. It’s a whole new experience to work WITH LE, let me tell you. They fingerprint you, run a background check and check your lab results and if everything passes you get a license to practice prostitution. You do this quarterly. You do your med tests weekly or bi weekly at your brothel. You have a legit business license in the state of Nevada, this is really different folks. The state gets their taxes, the government gets their share, the county get’s a cut and so does your brothel. You stay IN the brothel, there is no leaving. You are there. You have a gofer if you need something in town but generally you are not allowed to leave. They do offer a short stint vacation if you’ve been there a long length of time but before going back to work there’s another med check. When you see a client there is a health check for them too, commonly referred to as the “DC”. The dick check is a new concept for most workers but it’s to keep the workers and the community safe and healthy. There are so many safeguards and your room and board and food are taken out of your earnings and they hold your money in their bank until payday and you get an actual paycheck from a very established bank. This method, stops crime, stops sex trafficking and don’t even think about drug use. That is the fastest way to get booted out of the legal society.
On the flip side of the coin. You don’t have a clue who you are meeting, if they are safe. And if there was an honest show of hands there wouldn’t be too many providers that could claim they get std checked every two weeks without fail and remove themselves from the industry if something pops up. You deal with the pimps that constantly call claiming the same old “pimps and hoes come from the same cloth, you need me..ect.” blah blah BS that comes in from putting out an ad. Sometimes that goes further with pimps posing as clients who meet you, beat you and trap you or force you to work under threat of physical harm. You have time wasters and those looking for material to add to their spank bank with no intention of meeting a provider or compensating her or him for their time. You have people getting robbed and ripped off both ways and no one can blatantly say what they will or won’t do without fear of entrapment or being locked up on some misdemeanor charge, having their picture paraded around their local news with some flashing prostitution headline. You have guys finding low class providers who don’t deliver on services and you have clients who shortchange and low ball providers, you have a big absolute mess is what you have. You have a volatile situation with no change in sight. The only way prostitution becomes legal will be when hobbyists and providers speak to their congressmen, write letters, sound letters explaining this rationally and demanding change. There are people now who are working hard to change them but they aren’t getting support from this community because those of us NOT in Parahump Nevada fear jail and a criminal charge just for admitting it happens let alone that we participate in this thing.
There would be jobs, not just for workers, but every brother employs doctors, nurses, security, drivers, cooks, maids, laundry lasses and house mothers. They hire photographers and computer techs. Every brothel brings in jobs, they offer a SAFE way to conduct this business for both parties. Everyone pays taxes, the city and county win, the jail is opened up meaning the state isn’t paying out fees to the jail for these prostitutes and johns, the cops don’t have to waste time chasing down something like this and can focus their attention on things that actually affect their community. Not every lady would qualify, which makes this business on the level. Girls wouldn’t have to compete with nasty street walkers to pay their bills. Men would have a variety of choices on hand. Clean environments for both parties. Sex trafficking would decline as pimps found themselves out of business and not able to find workers nor use drugs to hold them hostage. There really is no downside to legalization. There is nothing demoralizing about prostitution and the sooner those that walk this road start opening up and taking away the taboo aspect of things by making it mainstream and socially acceptable the sooner we all can get to a place of feeling safe again. Just my two cents, your mileage may vary.